Parks Canada is currently managing the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. This fire does not currently pose a risk to local communities. The safety of the public, our crews, infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada’s top priority. Road closures and area closures are in place.


Location: In the Vermilion Valley and Kootenay Valley in Kootenay National Park. As well as in the Bow Valley of Banff National Park on Lipalian Mountain.
Resources: All required resources have been deployed to these fires: 

  • 9 Helicopters
  • Three pieces of heavy equipment
  • 90 personnel


No significant changes since August 3, 2018.

  • A partial closure for Highway 93S is in place with no through access due to the presence of fire and hazard trees on both sides of the highway and dense smoke limiting visibility.
  • Next road status update is anticipated at noon on Sunday, August 5. Check www.DriveBC.caand for alternate routes and up to date information.
  • Delays and high traffic volumes west of Lake Louise are likely during peak travel periods due to the closure of a portion of Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park.
  • In the south of Kootenay National Park, access from Radium Hot Springs to McLeod Meadows is open including the Radium Hot Pools.
  • In the north of Kootenay National Park, access to Paint Pots from the Junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) is open.
  • All day-use area, trails and campgrounds south of McLeod Meadows.
  • All day-use areas, trails and campgrounds north of the Paint Pots are open, including Paint Pots trail and Marble Canyon trail. Note: the trail is closed beyond the Paint Pots on the Helmet/Ochre trail.
  • Storm Mountain Lodge and Shadow Lake Lodge remain open.
  • Columbia Valley communities and businesses remain open. Alternate routes, such as highways 1 and 95 through Golden, BC, add approximately one additional hour of driving time.


  • The lightning-ignited spot fires near Hamilton Lake in Yoho National Park and on the slopes of Lipalian Mountain in the Bow Valley, east of the Hamlet of Lake Louise have been extinguished.
  • The lightning-ignited Wardle wildfire in the Vermilion Valley is estimated at 1,200 hectares. Helicopters continue to intensively water bucket the edges of the fire and crews are working on the ground to contain the fire’s spread. Heavy smoke from this fire is still expected throughout the day. Additional crews will be working along Highway 93S to remove fire-weakened trees.
  • The Whitetail Creek wildfire, west of Kootenay National Park in the Beaverfoot Valley continues to be managed by BC Wildfire in partnership with Parks Canada.
  • The Siffleur Wilderness Area wildfire, north of Banff National Park in the Siffleur River Valley continues to be managed by AB Wildfire.
  • Parks Canada fire crews continue to monitor Kootenay and Banff national parks for new wildfires and are ready with the resources to respond quickly.


A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.


Please report any suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or call 9-1-1.

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